Anatomy of a human data breach

You probably know the value mobile technology can bring to your business: faster customer service, anywhere productivity, improved collaboration, and more. Security is always a concern, but your employees are smart people. Surely they set up their devices correctly, avoid forgetting those devices in public places, and never share sensitive information with the wrong people.

Or do they?

The truth is, human beings are typically the weakest link when it comes to data security. Even if you have the right policies in place, even the most capable people make mistakes. They CC the wrong person on a confidential document. They leave their phones in cabs, restaurants, and airports. They don’t enable proper security. It happens—and it can happen to you.

So what is a small business to do? Disallowing mobile devices altogether would put you way behind your competitors. And heavy-handed security policies can prevent users from getting useful work done.

A better approach is to manage mobile device and mobile data security with modern technology. With the right solution, you can reduce the risk of human error and give your people the freedom to work more securely. Here are three big mistakes humans often make with mobile tech—and how you can prevent them.

Lost devices

No matter how careful people are, today’s ultra-portable devices are also ultra-losable. And with connectivity to your sensitive data, that can be bad news. In some industries, simply misplacing a smartphone or laptop with critical information on it is enough to trigger fines and penalties—even if the information is not actually compromised.

With managed mobile productivity, you can easily wipe a device’s memory remotely to eliminate the possibility that an unauthorized person can access it. With Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS), you can even select which information is personal and which is for business. When someone leaves the company, you can delete your financial spreadsheets and leave their selfies intact.

Data leaks

In today’s digital world, it’s easier than ever to share information. For the most part, that’s a good thing, whether it’s getting a proposal to a client or working together on a business document. However, sharing with the wrong person is just as easy.

That’s why you need employee data security and protection that lives with the data itself. With EMS, you get Azure Information Protection, so you can protect documents no matter where they go. If your employee accidentally copies their cousin John Smith instead of their manager John Smythe, only the authorized recipient can open the attachment.

Weak security

With so many apps, services, and devices in people’s lives today, the temptation to sidestep security policies to save a few minutes is more powerful than ever. As a business, you can’t afford to take that risk. If you’re going to let people bring their own devices to work, you need a way to make sure configurations are in compliance with your standards—and stay that way.

EMS makes this simple by providing mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM) in one solution. Once devices are enrolled, you can configure, monitor, and control hardware, software, and policies to ensure mobile data security meets your standards. You can choose which apps are allowed (or not), and be confident that everything is up-to-date with the latest data security measures.

Get more done, more securely

People are your biggest asset—but when it comes to mobile workforce security, they can also be your biggest liability. With EMS, you get a complete, easy-to-manage solution that lets you take full advantage of the mobile revolution while giving you peace of mind that your business is protected.

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